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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers eyes £16 million swoop for Man City's Stevan Jovetic

Published 07/07/2015 | 09:16

Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic
Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Manchester City outcast Stevan Jovetic this summer.

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The Metro reports that Jovetic has failed to impress in his two seasons at the Etihad, following a £22 million move from Fiorentina in 2013, and is believed to be surplus to requirements under Manuel Pellegrini this summer.

He is now fourth-choice striker at the Etihad following the arrival of Wilfried Bony.

As such, Brendan Rodgers is keen to seal a £16 million move for the striker, who would be £15 million cheaper than Aston Villa's Christian Benteke.

Benteke, meanwhile, will hold talks with Tim Sherwood on Wednesday and reiterate his desire to quit Villa this summer.

he Belgian is set to meet with Sherwood at the club's training ground and will inform his manager that he is determined to leave Villa Park after three seasons to pursue a new challenge.

Villa remain insistent that the Belgium international will only leave if a club triggers the £32.5 million escape clause, but Benteke is ready to make it clear to Sherwood face-to-face that he wants to move on.

Liverpool are still interested in signing the 24-year-old forward this summer but the clause has acted as a deterrent, with Villa refusing to entertain any offers lower than the strict valuation.

Mario Balotelli was a notable absentee as Liverpool returned to pre-season training on Monday after being given compassionate leave.

The Italian striker was due back on Merseyside as Rodgers's squad reconvened, but he has been granted extra time off. Balotelli's adoptive father, Francesco, died over the weekend.

Balotelli was in the care of foster parents since being three years old.

Liverpool midfielder Luis Alberto has completed his move to Deportivo La Coruna on loan, reports The Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old striker, who signed for the Anfield club in the summer of 2013 but has never started a Premier League game, scored twice in a loan spell at Malaga last season.

But the man who once cost Liverpool almost £7 million has not been able to force his way back into Rodgers's plans, and will spend another year in Spain.

And finally, Liverpool's want-away winger Raheem Sterling is apparently the most valuable player aged 21 or under in Europe, with three other English stars in the top 20.

The Mail claims the England star is rated at almost £35 million, almost £7 million more than any other young player on the continent.

Sterling tops a list which includes three other young Englishmen, with Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw, Everton centre-half John Stones and Arsenal's Calum Chambers all featuring.

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